Traffic chaos as downed tree blocks Northbourne

johnboy 12 January 2012 6

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Gungahlin Al has sent in this pic of work underway to re-open Northbourne Avenue after a eucalypt had the ill manners to come down in rush hour.

Thanks to everyone who’s written in. If you’ve got pix send them in to images@the-riotact.com .

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UPDATE: Ben (hereafter Lucky Ben) has sent in this on-the-spot account.

This is a photo I took yesterday with the tree on Northbourne. Was driving along and heard the crack and put the brakes on rather quickly. Consider myself very lucky.

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EvanJames EvanJames 12:10 pm 12 Jan 12

This’ll give them more ammo in their quest to get rid of all trees. High winds and the increasingly wind-tunnel nature of Civic is not a good combo for trees.

Gungahlin Al Gungahlin Al 9:42 am 12 Jan 12

Deref said :

Those trees come down with monotonous regularity. Is that variety particularly prone to being shallow-rooted?

I don’t think so – from my work on Maxine Cooper’s tree advisory panel I recall the horticulturalists saying it has come about due to the frequent irrigation of the grass – the roots never needed to go deep to find water. You can see a lot of them rocking in the ground during winds. They will continue to come down with every storm.

I guess that is why the government isn’t so concerned about the public transport priority project recommending reconfiguring the whole corridor and losing the trees – because they are all going to go anyway sooner or later.

Deref Deref 9:08 am 12 Jan 12

Those trees come down with monotonous regularity. Is that variety particularly prone to being shallow-rooted?

Chop71 Chop71 8:53 am 12 Jan 12

Lucky it didn’t hit a car and/or kill someone. I know we are the bush capital but gee some of these trees are dangerous.

gooterz gooterz 9:11 pm 11 Jan 12

They’re making way for light rail.. one tree at a time

deye deye 5:36 pm 11 Jan 12

and it’s open again. It took the firies less than 15 minutes to chop it up and clear it away.

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